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The big showdown against Brick offers a highlight of this episode -- and Arrow is such a flashback-heavy show that it's always a welcome change of place when they're about someone other than Oliver.
The flashbacks we DO get are interesting because they're about a character who hasn't had much development recently: Malcolm Merlyn.
Luckily, things picked up as the battle commenced, and the aftermath set in motion a number of intriguing plot threads. There's no reason the show can't quickly regain some of its lost momentum.
The episode is all about Team Arrow taking back The Glades and dealing with life in Oliver's absence. Though they have frequent struggles, they seem to be getting along pretty well.
Roy, Laurel, Felicity and Diggle might have opted to spurn Malcolm, but they find themselves fighting alongside him nonetheless in an ambitious and action-packed final act.
"Uprising" was the perfect conclusion to Arrow's The Dark Knight Rises-esque midseason trilogy, which sidelined Oliver Queen in order to allow the rest of the supporting cast to shine and get on the same level.
Though it made the eventual moment no easier to watch, you had to see it coming.
Well, that happened. Arrow made a relatively triumphant return to Starling City in Arrow Season 3 Episode 12 but Oliver's left a little to be desired. It really is that easy to separate the man and the hood.
I guess my biggest problem with "Uprising" was how it flitted around from point to point, and ultimately felt a little anticlimactic, especially considering how great the last few episodes have been.
Compared to that heart-wrenching rejection, the rest of the episode kind of fades to the background.
While this season has been spinning its wheels a bit, in retrospect I enjoyed the departure from the usual and the opportunity to let some of the secondary characters steal a bit more screentime.